Top 10 NFL Playoff Moments of the Decade
10. Packers, Cardinals exchanges big plays
Jeff Janis catches a hail mary from Aaron Rodgers to send the 2015 divisional round playoff game vs the Arizona Cardinals into overtime. Larry Fitzgerald in overtime would make a 75 yard long catch and run play all the way to the 5 yard line and a play later punch it in for a Cardinals touchdown and win. (Photo: ESPN 99.1)
9. PI Saints vs Rams
Nickell Robey-Coleman interferes with Tommylee Lewis trying to make a catch in the 2019 NFC Championship Game. This No-Call ended up costing the Saints a Super Bowl berth (Photo: Washington Post)
8. Beast Quake
Marshawn Lynch runs for a 68 yard touchdown versus the New Orleans Saints in the 2010 Wildcard round. He refused to get to the ground late, and this play was an integral moment that helped the Seahawks hang on vs the Super Bowl defenders Saints 41-36. (Photo: USA Today’s FTW)
7. Eli Manning pass to Mario Manningham
Eli Manning’s pass to Mario Manningham was a big play as the Giants were backed up in their own territory and down 2 against the Patriots. The Giants would take the lead later that drive and Manning would get his second career Super Bowl (Photo: NJ.com)
6. Seahawks NFC Championship game magic
Brandon Bostick botches an onside kick recovery to secure a Super Bowl bid for the Packers. The Seahawks would tie the game and win it in Overtime on a Russell Wilson touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse (Photo: Larry Brown Sports)
5. Jacoby Jones kickoff return vs 49ers
(Photo: The Denver Post)
After an around hour long power outage in Super Bowl XLVII, there were some doubts that the Ravens would lose the momentum they had before the half and likely blow their 21-6 lead they had due to the rust from the long intermission. However, Jacoby Jones had plenty of energy and right from the kickoff he returned the kick 109 yards for not only a Baltimore Ravens touchdown, but to also set the record for the longest kickoff return in NFL history. This was the nail in the coffin for the 49ers and the Ravens held on at the end and won the game 34-31. Jacoby Jones was electric for Baltimore and came up clutch numerous times for the Ravens during the playoffs that season.
4. Minneapolis Miracle
(Photo: The Durango Herald)
With 10 seconds left in the 2018 NFC divisional matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings, the Vikings were down 1 and needed to get into field goal range. On third and 10 Case Keenum launches the ball down the field to wide receiver Stefon Diggs who catches it over Saints safety Marcus Williams, stays in bounds, and runs to the end zone as time expires. One could say the Vikings needed a miracle to win that game late, and that’s exactly what happened. The Minneapolis Miracle is now a household term for one of the greatest playoff moments not only of the decade, but in NFL history.
3. Philly Special
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Up 3 with 32 seconds left in the first half, the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII decided to go for it on fourth down from about the 2 yard line. As many recall from Super Bowl LI, no lead is safe, and the more points you get the better you set yourself up to hopefully not choke it later. The Philly Special trick play was one of the greatest trick plays of all time and what made it even better was it was run in the most important game of the season, the Super Bowl. This play was a huge momentum shift in the game, and by narrowly escaping the Patriots 41-33, the Philly Special turned into a big reason why the Eagles became Super Bowl LII champions.
2. Patriots 28-3 comeback
In what was possibly the greatest comeback in sports history (definitely football history), the Patriots trailed the Falcons 28-3 about midway through the 3rd quarter. With the Patriots looking lost, Tom Brady sparked the offense and scored 25 consecutive points to send the game to overtime. After Matt Ryan’s second touchdown pass, everything just seemed to go right for the Patriots. From Julian Edelman’s spectacular catch to Kyle Shanahan’s questionable play calling, the Patriots took advantage of any and every break they could get. After tying the game, the Pats won the overtime coin toss and drove 75 yards, ending the drive with a James White touchdown run to cap off the comeback.
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1. Malcolm Butler’s Goal Line Interception
To this day, Malcolm Butler’s interception might be the single greatest play in Super Bowl History. With time winding down in the fourth quarter, the Seahawks found themselves with 2nd and goal from the 1 yard line. With arguably the best power back in the NFL in Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks elected to pass the ball. Russell Wilson took a couple step drop and threw a slant route to Ricardo Lockette. Malcolm Butler, who had given up a big play to Jermaine Kearse earlier in the drive, jumped the route and picked Wilson to secure the Super Bowl for the New England Patriots.
(Photo: Last Word on Pro Football)